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Venezuela rides wave of emotion to win

Puerto Rico now headed to elimination game against Team USA on Tuesday

Updated: March 17, 2009, 9:50 AM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Team USA had just left the field after its workout Monday afternoon when Heath Bell thought out loud about which team he would be facing Tuesday night.

"I think it'll be Venezuela," he said.

And he had good reason: Puerto Rico had all but dominated this World Baseball Classic, having won each of its first four games, one of which was a mercy-rule thumping of Team USA on Saturday night. So there was no reason to think Puerto Rico likely wouldn't be able to continue its streak ...

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